Colorado River Water Use Highlights:
Utah Colorado River Water Use:
From the 2018 Annual Report - View Full Report Here ⟶
Utah maintained its ranking as one of the fastest growing states in America1 and Best States for Business2 in 2017.
The state’s 2017 demographic and economic projections estimate a 94 percent increase in population, a 126% increase in households and a 96% increase in employment by 2065.3 Providing a safe, reliable and adequate water supply to meet the state’s growing population and economy tops the list of state priorities.
The state is using approximately 70 percent of its annual reliable water supply from the Colorado River, with plans to use more in the future to settle reserved water rights, develop the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) and other municipal and industrial projects, and for agricultural purposes.
Utah and the Navajo Nation are working cooperatively on a negotiated settlement that was introduced in Congress in 2017. A federal negotiating team has been engaged in evaluating the settlement proposal ahead of anticipated hearings on the bill and addressing congressional pre-conditions to hearing.
The LPP Is an approximately 140-mile pipeline that will deliver 86,249 AF of water to southern Utah – the fastest growing area in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on the draft Environmental Impact Statement.
The state is actively involved in programs for salinity control, endangered fish recovery, conservation pilot projects and drought contingency planning.
1US Census Press Release Number CB17-210, dated December 20, 2017: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/estimatesidaho.html
2Forbes.com, Best States for Business, 2017 Ranking:https://www.forbes.com/best-states-for-business/list/#tab:overall
3Utah’s Long-term Demographic and Economic Projections Summary, Kem C Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, Research Brief, July 2017: http://gardner.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/Projections-Brief-Final.pdf